Gloriously witty adaptation of the Broadway musical about Professor Henry Higgins, who takes a bet from Colonel Pickering that he can transform unrefined, dirty Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a lady, and fool everyone into thinking she really is one, too! He does, and thus young aristocrat Freddy Eynsford-Hill falls madly in love with her. But when Higgins takes all the credit and forgets to acknowledge her efforts, Eliza angrily leaves him for Freddy, and suddenly Higgins realizes he's grown accustomed to her face and can't really live without it. Written by
George Cukor and Cecil Beaton - who were good friends beforehand - had a big falling out during the production. This is generally thought to be down to Beaton taking too much time photographing Audrey Hepburn when Cukor wanted her for rehearsals or filming. These were in fact the only times that Beaton - credited as the film's production designer - ever showed up on set. See more »
The item in Higgins' hand when celebrating Eliza's triumph at the ball. See more »
[sounds from crowd, occasionally a word or phrase, indistinct and mostly not associated with a character]
Don't just stand there, Freddy, go and find a cab.
All right, I'll get it, I'll get it.
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In the posters, playbills and the original cast album for the stage version of "My Fair Lady", the credits always read "based on Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion' ", letting the audience know what play "My Fair Lady" was actually adapted from. The movie credits simply read "from a play by Bernard Shaw". See more »
I have the DVD of My Fair Lady and watch it all the time. Its one of those movies you can watch over and over again and never get sick of.
The beautiful and graceful Audrey Hepburn is perfect as Eliza Doolittle, and although there was controversy over the role, she was the best choice, even if her singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon. Professor Henry Higgins is portrayed wonderfully by Rex Harrison, he is the only person I can ever really see in the role. The other characters were well cast too.
Lerner and Loewe created beautiful music for a beautiful movie. Rex Harrison perfected talk-singing to music, and his songs are clever and well written. There are lots of great songs such as 'I could have danced all night', 'a little bit of luck', 'wouldn't it be loverly', 'show me', 'on the street where you live' and 'without you'.
It is a long movie, and the plot slows down after the ball. And although I am not totally happy about the ending because it is left very open, I cannot think of another way to end the film that would be better.
My Fair Lady is a terrific movie. It has a certain thing about it that just makes you want to stand up and start singing. I love it and would recommend it to everyone.
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